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  1. Creative Storage Ideas January is the perfect time to think about de-cluttering your home; playroom, bedroom, hallway, kitchen - the potential is endless for post Christmas purging. At This Modern Life we have been getting organised in more ways than one! Storage and the need to organise is one thing but we want our storage to look beautiful as well as be practical in our modern lives. Instead of tidying kids toys in boring plastic boxes, we want to inspire you to store them in something pretty awesome that looks ...
  2. Spring Decorating Ideas Woohoo! Finally - Spring is officially approaching! And with the nicer weather we always fancy redecorating our homes - it must be something to do with the colours outside changing from gloomy grey to sunny blue and green - our interiors always seem to feel like they need a refresh in Spring. Whether it's a small DIY job like popping some shelves up, or a big job such as refitting your kitchen, it gives us a sense of achievement once we have completed the job! We want our homes to reflect...
  3. Sammuel and Dixie's New Bedroom - Part 2 You can read all about the house bed we built for Sammuel and Dixie's new bedroom in part one of this blog post, here. We were torn between a monochrome or colour theme in Sammuel and Dixie's shared bedroom. In the end we decided to paint the walls and the house bed white giving us a blank canvas to let loose with a bit of everything! Working with a neutral base makes it easy to introduce colour/pattern and texture when and where you want it. It's also easier to change when you ...
  4. Water Softener For a long time I've wanted a water softener. I don't remember why I started to look at them! I think I'd read about how they can be really good for your hair, skin and appliances. Having gone through washing machines at a speedy rate, I wanted to try and stop that happening, I can't bear the thought of great big machines going into landfill every few years or less because they get so full of limescale they don't work, and it's cheaper to replace than it is to repair. ...
  5. Our new bedroom and ensuite We don't have enough photos of this room! We changed the plans slightly for this room to give us a bigger bathroom and then we decided to keep the bathroom open to the bedroom as the space just feels so lovely and big. I will write a proper post about this soon when I have some more time, but here is where we got everything: We made the bed using pureglue Plywood by Hanson Plywood Contact them for a price (*discounted - we bought A LOT!) Cork flooring by Colour Flooring £44/m (*discou...
  6. Sammuel - White with bright colours This is our nursery at home, for our son Sammuel, born January 2011. We redecorated it whilst pregnant with our second child, who turned out to be a baby girl - Dixie Boo. The idea is for them to share the room for playing, nappy changes, getting dressed, and maybe even sleeping occasionally! You can read lots more about the makeover here, in our blog. We started with a moodboard. We already had the penguins wallpaper on two walls, so we worked from there, adding the products we love, and mak...
  7. Getting to know Wonder & Rah ‘My ultimate goal was to offer something fun and different in the world of nursery prints.’Getting to know Wonder and Rah… At This Modern Life we have always been passionate about supporting other small businesses, and are constantly on the lookout for new brands that match both our style and values. In March this year we were thrilled to welcome Wonder and Rah, a.k.a. Natalie Cardew, into the fold – it just so happens that she was a fan of our work and we were a fan of hers! De...
  8. Our new kitchen So this is our new kitchen! I will write a lot more about this one day soon... I had several different ideas for the kitchen, but this is what we've ended up with and we love it. It wasn't quite finished when we filmed the reveal and it's still not (much like the rest of the house!) but it's almost there! We had a very small budget for the build, so we decided to make our kitchen doors ourselves and used Ikea carcasses. There are a few companies that will do this for you incl...
  9. Our new dining room So here is our new dining space - I will write much more about it soon, but for now here is a list of where to source everything! * Some of our products were gifted or discounted - this is because I approached the companies and asked for a discount in exchange for some Instagram stories etc. I ONLY asked for products I wanted to use and didn't have any random companies approaching me for me to use their products. We had a teeny tiny budget and some of the finishes wouldn't ha...
  10. Modern Nursery Inspiration from The Land Of Kelly Towards the end of last year we worked with mum to be Kelly to help her realise and create a gender neutral nursery that felt 'funky, fresh and a bit different!' Kelly wanted her nursery to stand the test of time, something to grow into. Take a look at the beautiful result of Kelly's hard work below... Kelly used clean white walls as a base for the colour scheme adding colour and character with accessories. The Isak penguin wallpaper in silver is really subtle, goes with any co...